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in the martha washington program, we learned with great sorrow martha washington burned all of her papers, her letters, her correspondence with her husband george. only two of them remained. we have just the opposite here. thousands and thousands of them. explain the scope of the trove of materials that you have to work with as scholars through the writings of the adams family. >> the adams family gave to the massachusetts historical society a collection. we have never counted them individually, but probably 70,000+ documents over several generations, and probably about 300,000 pages. for abigail and john, which is the most important of the collection, there are about 1,170 letters they exchanged over the years. >> how frequently did they write to one another? >> it depended. when they were together -- for example, we do not have any letters after 1801 because after john leaves the white house, they're together almost all the time. for periods, for example, when there is fairly regular mail delivery between massachussetts and philadelphia, or later washington, d.c., they wrote at least once a
the parallels among them, how they handle things. >> i think in our first segment about martha washington, you saw martha as the person who protected the aspect of the role, the social partners to the president, and a hope to the nation. when you get to abigail, she becomes a political partner with her husband and pioneers that role. dolley is the one that brings the two of them together. she becomes the social and political partner for her husband. i think that sets all kinds of precedents for the future first lady. she is still held up as a standard by which other people measure themselves today. >> we will spend the first 35 minutes on those important white house years. it was such an interesting time for the country and we want to make sure you understand the history of it. we will learn how this young quaker woman became an internationally known first lady and we will end up with her legacy. we welcome your participation. throughout the program, we will have phone lines open. you can send us a tweet and use #firstladies. there are people wanting to know about martha jefferson. they are th
he will have before heading off for vacation to martha's vineyard. live here for you on c-span. your thoughts and questions he would ask the president. this is lynn in seattle. caller: hello. i just want to say that, i want to make a comment, first i would -- i would ask that everyone is talking about how the government is looking at us and watching us, if you're doing it, and you're not doing anything wrong, don't worry about it. ist america should realize that the boston bombing, it wasn't for those cameras, those guys would still be at large. possibly. i would ask the president about the healthcare saying. as a previous caller stated, notle are what we are because of our faults, because of social souls -- social stratification. some people need health care. i just graduated from a community college. i do not have a job. host: what is your degree in? appliedit is associated sciences, and i have a chemical dependency practitioner training. host: weber july to work? caller: i would like to work at the white house. to be honest with you. host: as an advisor? caller: as that, and is a
sequestration. >> martha coven, associate director for education and community and labor at the office of management and budget which is part of the executive office of the president. so we on behalf of the present over to the budget for the number of federal agencies including education. the ministry for children and families at hhs where the head start progress. >> i'm the director of policy and planning at the office of head start within the department of health and human services and the start of the early childhood career 20 years ago in head start agency in brooklyn. so i'm really happy to be here today. >> i'm sharon parrott from the center on budget and policy priorities were on the vice president's budget policy and economic opportunity. this is the second go-round for me at the center on budget and just prior to returning in november i worked for secretaries and police at the department of health and human services. >> i'm michael duncan managing director for economic policy at the center for american progress where my work focuses on the federal budget, deficits and debt. >>
. programs on every first lady from martha washington wine mckinley. tonight, harriet lane. quite she is probably the most tragic of all the first ladies. she hated it with a passion. she did not move into the white house with peace. >> they had eight rooms they had to furnish. when she arrived, she basically holed up and spent much of her time writing letters to her dead son. she called them my presaged child. a very poignant letter. , andey were returning there was a terrible accident. . it was devastating for the family. god.she concluded this was forhe house was too much jane to take care of. i don't think she was interested in housekeeping particularly. >> most regarded peer us as a failure in the office. >> it was the happiest of all presidencies. >> good evening. on this program, we learned about the final first ladies of the antebellum era. whose tenurepierce was defined by overwhelming loss. the time she and her husband are brought to the executive mansion, they have lost all fore of their young sons the next 45 minutes, we will .elve into jane pierce good evening. welcome. >
-- programs of every first lady from martha washington to ida mckinley. tonight, mary todd lincoln. [captioning performed bynational captioning institute] [captions copyright nationalcable satellite corp. 2013] ♪ >> born in 1818 in lexington, kentucky, mary todd grew up and lived to see her husband issued the emancipation proclamation 45 years later. a mother of four sons, she witnessed the death of three of those sons as well as her husband's assassination. her life was filled with tragedy, but as lincoln's political partner, she relished we focus onss.as the civil war years, one of the defining moments in our countries history, a look at the life and times of mary todd lincoln, one of the most complex first ladies ever to live. thank you for being with us for c-span's serious. we invite two of our academic advisors. our guests for this program. rosalyn penn is a history professor at meredith and morgan richard nortonty. smith, our other guest tonight, the director of five presidential libraries, including the abraham lincoln library in springfield, illinois. thanks to both of y
night at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span programs on every first lady from martha washington to ida mckinley. tonight, sarah polk, mark rhett taylor and abigail fillmore. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] sarah polk was on diplomacy and her strong suit is intelligence and political discussion. >> she made no bones about the fact she took an interest in politics. and that she was her husband's partner. >> she grew naup political household in tennessee. her father was a local politician so she grew up loving politics. she married james after he won a seat in the legislature. because she would not have married him if he had -- >> unfortunately for james k. polk he died three months after leaving the white house. and sarah began a 42-year widowhood. polk place became a shrine to her husband and she would invite anybody who wanted to to come to visit and see the objects she had collected through her long and illustrious political career. >> to live there for many years on her own. during the civil war, generals on both
made on martha's vineyard. here is the headline. they say it shows the limits of u.s. sway, writing a rebuke underscored the limits of u.s. influence with the nation's generals, who benefit 1.3 billion dollars a year in military aid. in addition to canceling the high-profile military exercise scheduled to begin next month, obama said his national security team will consider further steps as necessary, a comment that puts military aid in question. we will show you the president's comments next from martha's vineyard and then back to your comments and calls. >> good morning, everybody. i just finished a discussion with my national security team about the situation in egypt. i wanted to provide an up eight. -- an update. let me get by stepping back. the relationship between the united states and egypt goes back decades. it's rooted in our respect of egypt as a nation, ancient center of civilization, and cornerstone for peace in the middle east. it's also rooted in our ties to the egyptian people forged through a long-standing partnership. just over two years ago america was inspired by
-span. programs on every first lady, from martha washington. tonight, elizabeth munro and catherine adams. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] ♪ >> elizabeth monroe was a true partner in her husband's career. they were a love story and absolutely devoted to each other. elizabeth monroe had a well- developed sense of style and image. this is a woman who knew how to carry herself with great elegance. >> it is called the era of good feeling. >> this is a woman who spoke french. >> very great beauty. she received is seldom anything in the white house. she hated it. >> dignity, civility. those are the words that come to mind. >> elizabeth monroe served as first lady from 1817 to 1825 as a time known as the era of good feeling. coming up, we will explore her life and what were not always happy times inside the white house for this woman born into a well-to-do new york family. she married james monroe at the age of 17 and traveled new york extensively with him. she brought with her to the white house a certain french
of season one. each weekday, at 9:00 p.m., programs from martha washington to ida mckinley. margaret taylor and abigail fillmore. >> sarah polk was up on diplomacy and intelligence. she made no bones about having an interest in politics and being her husband's partner. she group in a political household. she grew up loving politics and she married james after he won a seat in the legislature will stop he not does she would not have mailing -- legislature. she would not have married him otherwise will stop -- otherwise. >> throughout their long and illustrious political career. she lived there many years. generals on both sides would pay their respects. it is an interesting commentary on what beloved status she held. >> she was honest about her husband's work. she went to every post she could go to with him. she went through the arduous journey. she was very well-liked in the diplomatic community. they met all kinds of people. friends and enemies and others. they had to make things work. they were very experienced people. they were more sophisticated than what is around them. >> she felt tha
of the first ladies evolved from martha washington until this day? it sounds like there are a lot of similarities, really. it depends on the individual first lady as to how. >> it is. actually, i think that the first three first ladies -- martha, abigail, and dolly -- were far harder working and more actively involved in their husband's lives and in their careers. and my own opinion was that when we stopped being colonies and started being a country, maybe by the 1800's or so, that generation growing up, we were growing to be more -- they were more prominent. they were very prosperous. men wanted their wives to have all sorts of lovely things. they catered to them a lot more. they didn't have to work quite as hard. ladies at that time, they started, i guess being frailer. >> 1857 the key supreme court -- the dred scott supreme court decision on slavery. in 1858, the lecompton constitution. in 1860, the pony express was established. and in 1861, the creation of the confederate states of america. this white house was dealing with enormous problems but not very effectively. how did t
:00 eastern on c-span, programs on every first lady from martha washington on. . night, lucie hayes >> it is so unfair to her. it is a dismissive, condescending title. it suggests she is smooth talking and her function in life was to not serve alcohol. lucy hayes is so much more. as was her husband. everything she accomplished in the white house was in spite of the fact her husband's legitimacy to be president was questioned. >> she was a charming person, very delightful. nnovative. >> one of the more controversial collections is the white house china. an article says the art was absurd. who would want to eat a lovely meal and see a duck at the bottom of their plate? >> she took an interest in public affairs from an early age. >> two causes that were important to her were veterans and soldiers and orphans, children who had been made orphans as a result of the civil war. >> she was a very devout mother. she does not neglect her children. she embraces the life. >> lucie hayes said women's binds were as strong as man's. she was the first first lady to earn a college degree. that tells
in washington were john and abigail adams. the first power couple in the presidency were martha and george. >> another call. delighted to have people watching in venezuela. lindsay is in pennsylvania. what is your question? >> i do not have a question either, but i thought it might be fun for your viewers to know i am a relative. my maiden name was burchard. nobody understood it. i am proud to have it as part of my heritage now. when i was in high school i did some research on rutherford b. hayes and i found out he had quite the sense of humor and ended up riding a bicycle through the white house. i thought your viewers might get a kick out of knowing that. >> thank you so much. did he have a sense of humor? >> he did. it was a bit understated. he cut up apples at the dinner table and tossed the people at the pieces at the people at the table. he could also tell a joke. >> lucy hayes gave birth to eight children, five of whom went to adulthood. are the a lot of descendents in the country? >> we have more than 100 hayes descendents in our databases. we have four members of the family on our
to martha's vineyard. the president will be meeting with a group of financial regulators later today including fed chair ben bernanke. they'll be discussing the ongoing implementation of the dodd-frank financial overhaul. and josh earnest will brief reporters set for air on c-span. suspected militants killed 24 police in an ambush in northern sinai, and egyptian officials also are indicating former president hosni mubarak could be freed this week. questions likely will come up during today's white house briefing, news also that european union foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting this week to forge a joint response to the recent violence in egypt that has killed nearly 1,000 people. a european committee official said diplomats agreed that meeting would be held wednesday in brussels. well, here on -- >> we're standing inside hard scrabble which is a two-story log cabin in 1856. julia in her memoirs lets us know that she does not like it one bit. she's found it crude and homely. but true to her nature, she will make the best of it. as a young married woman, she would want to
roosevelt. we are showing on core presentations of season one. you are on an first lady from martha washington to ida mckinley. garfield.cretia ♪ >> it's only in recent years that a lot of scholarship has focused on the fact that their marriage was in its early phases. >> i think in the early years, james found her a bit distant and cold. as the years went by, she had a tremendous influence on him. >> they spend a lot of time on their children. i thought that education was an emancipating factor. >> mrs. garfield adored her time at the exhibition, but she was specifically interested in the latest scientific technologies of the day. after james garfield's death, citizens raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that were turned over to lucretia garfield. in today's dollars, it would equate to somewhere around $8 million. >> her character was extremely strong. she had a rectitude that was invulnerable. host: lucretia garfield was born in ohio in 1832. her life spans antebellum america to the progressive era of the early 20th century. a supporter of women's rights and deeply intereste
of season one. programs on every first lady from martha washington to ida mckinley. tonight, francis liebling. cleveland. >> frances cleveland was a celebrity first lady unlike any before her. to help us understand, we begin our story inside 1600 pennsylvania avenue. for the first and only time in our countries history. launching frances cleveland into instant celebrity. >> it is the same basic layout as it would have been on june 2. when president grover cleveland and his bride to be came down what was then a very large staircase to the family quarters at the west end of this corridor. they would have proceeded on the hallway, the music started up at the east side behind us here, where the united states marine band was assembled. the famous john philip sousa played the wedding march as the happy couple can down the hallway. they would have passed through these doors, these very same mahogany doors. come and the room, a different chandelier here, they would have did under -- stood under the chandelier. said their vows. an enormous amount of flowers in the room brought from the white
." the influence on a presidency. next week, martha washington all the way to angelica van buren. >> next, members of a house panel question an irs official about taxes and subsidies in the healthcare law. acting iressa commissioner testifying along with gary: from the centers for medicare and medicaid services. the house ways and means committee hearing is just over three hours. good morning. the hearing will come to order. in testimony before this committee, secretary saville yes repeatedly told congress and the american people -- secretary sibelius said that it was "on track to meet the october deadline" for the new healthcare law, however the evidence is showing just the opposite is true. in june, the gao released two reports which raised serious questions about whether the center for medicare and medicaid services, cms, would be able to have federally run exchanges up and running by october 1, 2013 noting numerous reasons for their concerns. in late july, the treasury inspector general for tax administration stated testing for the exchanges would be difficult to complete before the october 1
stuff to watch for me, but mitt is a cross between steady and martha stewart, some denied that. at china media. serbs and in her mid-20s you can rent a $19 house in l.a. and if you talk like an engineer or silicon valley for renting, i huge crown. i think it's great for someone in their 20's. the stairwell. considering how many people are starving. someone to minimize, but on the other hand, if that is that to the top, think about where everyone else's. we had this incredible lowering of expectations. the thing is for every general marbles there is just a million people who are only that close. all the people who have 20,000 or 000,000 use an youtube, is so close. a few tantalizing things, if you gates. i could almost make this work. the society based on false hope is one of the cruelest. at some point, there will start to have pretty rough midlife crisis when it did now workout. it's a shame. it's a jazzy waiting to happen for the facebook generation. so let some point the facebook generation more likely kids will say we're sick of this domestic of every financial scheme being a giant c
thank you so very much -- [inaudible] with the martha went on before and raising questions that project us toward a future. i'd like to just make a comment about several things that you have mentioned. you talk about the collect i use of -- collective use of resources. prior to us pursuing the dream, there were black -- [inaudible] the insurance companies in particular that supported home ownership, invested money into the community. i grew up in a segregated south community where booker t. washington -- [inaudible] sitting on the steps -- this was before i was born be, i'm not quite that old. [laughter] but people from tuskegee came in to educate the black community because people couldn't go to school. black people -- [inaudible] in that part of arkansas, but after 1960 and we saw the dream, the insurance companies went out of business as we got a piece of the rock. now, i don't want to preach, but your point about our psychology, and the gentleman last night talked about less information. when you went to a is segregated black school and you mentioned the churches, the cur catches ta
with communication funding and my question is for martha. when the administration release the specific date on the head start it's got a lot of press very concrete from a reliable source. do you see similar data coming out about the impact on other programs? i know that not every program works as same way and sometimes the data is harder to get at that would be very helpful because that would generate a lot of the press. >> you are right. one of the unique things about head start is a federal to local grantee and the office of head start did something that was extremely helpful to program management as well as public awareness raising which is a few months ago the grantees updated their plans to say exactly what they were doing so we could say how many children would be affected. that's somewhat unique. that being said we do know a lot about what's going on and venus tape i state the reduction in unemployment benefits. we know how many title i $ have been pulled out of the state and those are dollars that flow through the school district and as we have that information in a form that we fee
on their august recess. the president on vacation in martha's vineyard. from boston the republican national committee a short while ago approving a resolution blocking to tv networks from hosting the republican presidential primary debate. the vote affirms the chairman is threat against cnn and nbc unless the networks dropped their plans to air programs about possible democratic presidential contender hillary clinton. the vote at the summer committee meeting in boston was unanimous. and part of the statement that the rnc part of that resolution read the rnc shall, quote, endeavor >>> we were right in my view to fully fund the military since 9/11 but what we did is we deprived the state department and the u.s. agency of international development of funds. and there is other results. an enormous gap between the size and power of the pentagon and the size and power of the state department are illustrated with little like samples from bob gates, who was an outstanding defense for president bush and obama. he gave a brilliant speech years ago. secretary gates, we have more military personnel and
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